With the opening of the Olmeca refinery in Dos Bocas, Tabasco coming up on July 1, 2022, Mexico’s government is working with its partners to get operations ready for the trial period that will last six months. Once working at its full capacity, the refinery could produce 340Mb/d, but it still requires a significant number of professionals to complete its construction.
Olmeca is intended to boost Mexico’s energy independence by refining fuel, as well as spur on economic and social development of the Mexican southeast, which would include the hiring of the required workforce to get the refinery up and running. Even though the construction is already in the final stages, the recruitment of this personnel continues. Techint, a company that specializes in construction, began a hiring process in Tampico, mainly for people skilled in welding as well as in operating machinery and cranes, among other building activities. The company is working with the National Employment Service (SNE) to create a job bank for the project.
”Techint, in coordination with personnel from the Tampico SNE, will be recruiting personnel for the Dos Bocas Refinery in Tabasco. Go to the SNE Tampico North Module on Monday, June 13 at 9 a.m.,” the federal agency announced. Techint aims to hire workers that are already familiarized with the oil and gas industry, which is why the announcement was targeted to the oil-producing state of Tamaulipas.
According to the SNE Tamaulipas, the state traditionally focused on the metal industry by collaborating with PEMEX at the Madero Refinery and in the construction of oil platforms. Hiring people from Tampico therefore represents an advantage for the Dos Bocas project. Techint confirmed that a group of 170 employees already traveled from Tampico to Tabasco the previous week.
The newly hired personnel will support the remaining tasks of the project, such as the assembly of the centrifugal compressor, the hydraulic system and thermal insulation works of the refinery’s towers. The workers will also install the equipment of the electrical substations and pave the chemical plants, as the Ministry of Energy announced.
The hiring strategy is relevant for Mexico’s talent base because it brings workers to a brand-new project, allowing human capital to transmit knowhow and experience to newcomers.